Frequent question: Can blood pressure meds affect breast milk?

Does high blood pressure medication pass into breast milk? Most high blood pressure drugs pass into breast milk in very small amounts. Many drugs used to treat high blood pressure during pregnancy are considered safe to take when nursing, but they’re not all the same.

Can high blood pressure affect milk production?

Certain factors such as premature birth, obesity, high blood pressure, and poorly controlled diabetes can also affect milk production. Previous surgeries on breasts can also contribute to low milk supply.

What blood pressure medication is safe while breastfeeding?

Nifedipine and verapamil are considered compatible with breastfeeding, including modified-release formulations, which is supported by limited published evidence and clinical experience. Nicardipine is also considered compatible, but with less clinical experience.

Can blood pressure medication affect milk supply?

Diuretics in high doses can decrease the milk supply, and Dr. Anderson points out that historically it was used to suppress lactation postpartum. The relatively low doses that we use for high blood pressure or even postpartum cardiomyopathy appear to be safe. However, I suggest observing the milk supply carefully.

What medications affect breast milk supply?

Which medications limit your milk supply?

  • Antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Birth control pills containing estrogen.
  • Decongestants and other medications containing pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed, Zyrtec-D, Claritin-D and Allegra-D.
  • Fertility medications like clomiphene (Clomid)
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What medications to avoid while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding women should avoid aspirin and products containing aspirin (this includes Pepto Bismal taken for an upset stomach), as well as products containing naproxen (Aleve). In contrast, acetominophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofin (Motrin, Advil) are not known to have any negative effects on nursing babies.

Why BP is high after delivery?

Postpartum preeclampsia is a rare condition that can occur after a woman has given birth. A woman with postpartum preeclampsia will have high blood pressure and high levels of protein in her urine. Postpartum preeclampsia is related to preeclampsia, a condition that can occur during pregnancy.

What is the best pills for breastfeeding?

Progestin-only contraceptives are the preferred choice for breastfeeding mothers when something hormonal is desired or necessary. Progestin-only contraceptives come in several different forms: progestin-only pill (POP) also called the “mini-pill”

Can upset stomach affect breast milk?

It’s Okay to Breastfeed if You’re Sick

Common illnesses such as cold or diarrhea can’t be passed to the baby through breast milk. If the mother is sick, antibodies can be passed to the baby to protect the baby from getting the same illness as the mother.

Can lack of sleep cause high blood pressure?

Over time, a lack of sleep could cause swings in hormones, leading to high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease.

Can you breastfeed while taking medication?

Most over-the-counter (also called OTC) medicine, like pain relievers and cold medicine, are OK to take when you’re breastfeeding. For example, OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil®) or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) are safe to use when breastfeeding.

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